Mitotic spindle orientation in asymmetric and symmetric cell divisions during animal development

Dev Cell. 2011 Jul 19;21(1):102-19. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2011.06.012.


The orientation of the mitotic spindle has been proposed to control cell fate choices, tissue architecture, and tissue morphogenesis. Here, we review the mechanisms regulating the orientation of the axis of division and cell fate choices in classical models of asymmetric cell division. We then discuss the mechanisms of mitotic spindle orientation in symmetric cell divisions and its possible implications in tissue morphogenesis. Many recent studies show that future advances in the field of mitotic spindle orientation will arise from combinations of physical perturbation and modeling with classical genetics and developmental biology approaches.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Division / genetics
  • Cell Lineage
  • Cells / cytology*
  • Cells / metabolism
  • Developmental Biology*
  • Spindle Apparatus / genetics
  • Spindle Apparatus / metabolism*